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10 arrested in 3-day Woodway narcotics, prostitution operation

10 arrested in 3-day Woodway narcotics, prostitution operation

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Woodway 10 arrested

Those arrested in Woodway Department of Public Safety operations targeting illegal narcotics and prostitution include (top row, from left) Nora Marquez, Eliazar Venegas, Christie Ivy, Colton Losak and Steven Neal. In the bottom row, Ebonee Norman (from left), Samuel Garcia-Gilmore, Ethan Feight, Kamicka Miller and Micaela Cruz.

Ten suspects were arrested by Woodway Department of Public Safety officers following three-day operations that targeted illegal narcotics and prostitution, Woodway Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary said.

Woodway officers conducted surveillance at several Woodway locations and monitored websites known to be linked to drugs and prostitution.

Ten suspects were arrested for various offenses, including possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

“We’ve had more than one source contact us and tell us about these types of activities, particularly on the weekends,” Zakhary said. “Capt. Larry Adams developed a plan and executed the plan extremely well.”

Those who remained in custody Monday include: Eliazar Venegas, 17, of Waco, on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance; Kamicka Miller, 37, of Waco, on charges of prostitution, possession of a controlled substance, and Ebonee Norman, 30, of Balch Springs, on outstanding warrants.

Suspects who bonded out of custody by Monday afternoon included: Samuel Garcia-Gilmore, 19, of Waco, on a charge of delivery of marijuana; Christie Ivy, 38, of Waco, on a charge of prostitution and outstanding warrants; Colton Losak, 18, of Hewitt, on a charge of possession of marijuana; Ethan Feight, 18, on a charge of possession of marijuana; Nora Marquez, 42, of Waco, on a charge of violation of a protective order and failure to identify; Micaela Cruz, 31, of Waco on a charge of prostitution and outstanding warrants; and Steven Neal, 30, of McGregor, on outstanding warrants.

Zakhary said the three suspects arrested on prostitution charges did not immediately indicate that they were victims of human trafficking. He said that officers will continue to investigate each case.

“For a lot of departments, this isn’t a lot of arrests, but for us, to have this many targeted arrest, as well as what normal patrol does, this was pretty significant,” Zakhary said. “I suspect more arrests to come.”

The investigations remain ongoing, Zakhary said.

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